Martyn Underhill responds to House of Lords forensics report
Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) forensics lead and Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill has responding to a House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee report into forensic science.
The report - forensic science and the criminal justice system: a blueprint for change - was published on Wednesday 1 May.
Martyn Underhill said: “This report highlights some of the real and pressing concerns in the current forensics market and makes a number of important recommendations that we will need to look at in detail.
“The effectiveness of our criminal justice system is often dependent on the evidence obtained by high quality dedicated forensic experts that help keep our communities safe. Whilst we are world leaders in the provision of forensic science, there are significant issues that need urgently addressing.
“Action is required to ensure we continue to provide excellent forensic provision into the future which is why, last week, a new action plan to improve police forensics was published.
“The APCC will continue to work with police chiefs and the government to ensure investment into forensic science is increased and that this is reflected in the forthcoming spending review.”